Snow-flecked Brownies

by Michelle on October 15, 2009

It is so cold outside! We seem to be having bitter cold weather where temperatures are going below 20 degrees and then the next day is a gorgeous, brisk fall day. I know this is typical for the Midwest but geesh already..make up your mind!

Being we’re having such wild temperature swings with many record breaking colds, I though Nigella’s recipe for Snow-Capped Brownies was in order. And I was ready for an ooey gooey, fattening, chocolate snack! In fact so much in the mood for something fattening that I decided to throw in some Mascarpone Cheese. And they were rich and gooey and delicious!

I did cut this recipe in half and made it in an 8″by8″ baking dish. Nigella chose white chocolate dots as her snow and added to the mix before baking. But for my Illinois snow I grated white chocolate and sprinkled it on top and because we’re still technically in fall, I added some colored leaves as well.

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Snow-flecked Brownies
Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson

13 ounces unsalted butter
13 ounces best-quality dark chocolate
6 eggs
12 ounces sugar
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine salt
9 ounces white chocolate chips, or good white chocolate, chopped (I skipped)
Approximately 2 teaspoons powdered sugar, for dusting (I skipped)

My additions:
1/2 c. Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature
Grated White Chocolate
Fall sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line the sides and base of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.

Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a large heavy based pan over a low heat.

In a bowl or large measuring glass, beat the eggs together with the sugar and vanilla extract. Blend in the softened Mascarpone Cheese.

Allow the chocolate mixture to cool a little, then add the egg and sugar mixture and beat well. Fold in the flour and salt. Then stir in the white chocolate. Beat just to combine and then scrape into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 25 minutes. You can see when the brownies are ready because the top dries to a slightly paler brown speckle, while the middle remains dark, dense and gooey.

To serve, cut into squares while still warm and pile up on a large plate, sprinkling with powdered sugar pushed with a teaspoon through a small sieve and dotting with birthday candles as you go. Set alight and enjoy the festive scene.

I topped with Ganache, recipe below. Then sprinkled with grated white chocolate and leaf sprinkles.

Chocolate Ganache

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

Place the chocolate in a heat proof container, I use my glass Pyrex 4-cup measure. Heat the cream in the microwave until it’s just hot. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and gently stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Stir in the vanilla and salt.

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  • Brian the old man October 15, 2009 at 7:47 am

    What are you trying to do to me? The chocolate oozing down the sides looks so scrumptious! They look so tempting. YUM!!!

  • natalia October 15, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Ciao Michelle ! I love your ‘scary’ dogs !!! The brownie sounds great and the decorations too !!

  • susan October 15, 2009 at 10:41 am

    This picture makes me want to run to the kitchen and start baking!—or drive to a bakery and eat in the car :) How in the world did you get those dogs to cooperate for that picture??? Did you really? I love it!

  • Michelle October 15, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Susan, Yes, my dogs really did cooperate for the picture. I just put them in a sit/stay, put the head pieces on and snapped the picture. The dog in the clown wig is a therapy dog and as long as the costume does not get too hot, she will wear just about anything.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I love how you adapted your brownies for the weather!
    We have been unseasonably cold here too – brr – but I think you have it even worse!
    They look decadent and delicious, perfect midnight sneaks. :)

  • The Quintessential Magpie October 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Girl, you are going to make me blow my diet! Look at how good those are, Michelle! YUM!

    I will trade you some warm air for some cool. We are having 90 degree weather of late.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Kim October 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Those are some festive and killer looking brownies. Doesn’t mascarpone make everything taste better? Ganache topping – delicious!! Awesome choice.

  • Manuela October 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    *Giggles* Your dogs ready for halloween is too funny. And that brownie? Oh mama mia…. I don’t even know what to say…. I *heart* chocolate!!!!
    Btw, I bought the sprinkles to make your cookies on a stick recipe soon. All I need are the popsicle sticks.
    Oh, last thing, I enjoyed visiting I heart cooking clubs. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Debinhawaii October 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    OK, I could definitely go for one (or more) of these for a midnight sneak! Love the decorations on them too.

  • Danielle October 16, 2009 at 12:14 am

    oh yum!! loving the dripping chocolate.

  • Kathleen October 16, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Pass the milk! They look delicious…

  • bj October 16, 2009 at 3:21 am

    If you’ll come over and bring me a brownie, I’ll give ya a piece of the fudge at my place!!!
    xo bj

  • Sweet and Savory October 16, 2009 at 5:39 am

    These brownies are outrageous. I love the changes you made. They look great,especially the chocolate dripping over the side.

  • Poppedijne October 16, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Whaw these look yummie!

  • Allison Shops October 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Mmm….Breakfast! lol Love the chocolate dripping down the side. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lori E October 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I made brownies last week. I was very good and only ate one. Yup. Now you got me going again and I don’t think I have any will power left.

  • Mary October 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Got chocolate :-). These look wonderful. I hope you are having a great day.

  • Pat@Back Porch Musings October 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love your banner photo!!!

    Now, about those brownies….yummmmmm…

  • ButterYum October 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I can tell you are a baker after my own heart… hard to find scratch bakers these days… and I’m sad to say most people don’t have a clue what ganache is! Anyway, nice blog!!

    :)
    ButterYum

  • heartnsoulcooking October 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I love chocolate and this recipe has that and more. THANKS!!! Geri

  • Tami October 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Now I’m really hungry! I love the pics of the dogs in their costumes. Just the cutest! Thank you for sharing! I could eat that entire pan of brownies!
    Happy pink Saturday..xo Tami

  • girlichef October 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Holy Cow! I would sneak every hour on the hour for one of these!!!! Brownies are one of my major weaknesses…and this one looks so moist and gooey…yum!

  • Julie October 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Looks awesome…that ganache makes my mouth water!

  • Nancy October 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Stopped by for PS and stayed way too long! Will most likely try the sugar cookie recipe. That is always a challenge for me.

    Loved the renovation stories. Thanks so much for taking time to show us.

  • ♥Mimi♥ October 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Sorry I’m a little late. Seems like when the sun is out I feel a desperate need to go outside and run errands or just life my face to the heavens and soak in the last rays before winter hits my neck of the woods.

    It’s always so much fun to share in the pink goodness of the blogs gathered together for Pink Saturday. A collection of some of the nicest women and prettiest blogs in cyberspace!

    Those Rotties look just too cute!

    Wishing you a weekend filled with l♥ve and sunshine!

  • Shelly W October 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Ooooo these look delish! I love the ganache oozing off the sides :) BTW your new header is hilarious! Such cute pups.

  • Paula - bell'alimento October 19, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Michelle! Those are so stinkin gawgeous! I’m drooling. & WOW, I must say your dogs in costume are too cute!

  • glamah16 October 20, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Those brownies look luscious!Love your doggies costumes. So cute and they are good sports!

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) October 21, 2009 at 10:18 am

    This is decadent and fitting of a treat by the fireplace! I can only imagine how cold it is where you live. It’s sooo very hot and humid here. I need 3 baths a day!

  • Maria October 26, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I love your brownies. So fun!

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